May 24, 2015


Point of View

The comeback kid

Cole's legs were amputated just hours after the accident. He didn't get his new legs until months later.
Before he could be cast for prostheses, Cole had to reduce the amount of fluid in his stumps. He wore compression stockings for an hour a day, every day, in the privacy of his bedroom.
'My goal is for him to walk independently. For the patient, that's Christmas Day' - physiotherapist Ron Recueno, as he puts Cole through one of his many workouts.
In order for Cole to walk again, upper-body strength is vital.
Cole was determined to walk. He is determined to skate. He is prepared to sweat.
Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre was Cole's home for seven weeks after the accident.
Hockey meant everything to Cole before the accident. Returning to the bench to help coach his younger brother's team was a key part of his journey.
Losing his legs wasn't going to keep Cole off the ice. Attending a sledge hockey open house was another big part of the recovery process. He later says being in the locker room that day was the first time he felt like himself again.
Sledge hockey is tricky, Cole discovered. Yes, you need hockey skills and smarts, which he has in spades, but maintaining his balance was challenging.
'I told him,
His parents knew getting Cole back on the ice was important. But it caused a few anxious moments.
Cole was only 18 at the time of the accident. But he exhibited, time and time again, the tenacity and demeanor of a man beyond his years.
November 8 was another milestone day. Prosthetist Eric Kuhl fits Cole for his new legs.
Cole is treated like a rock star at a fundraising packed with friends, teammates, classmates and family.
His parents took the stage later in the evening to express their gratitude. There were plenty of tears. Then it was Cole's turn to speak. It ends with a standing ovation.
By the end of the social, Cole had spoken personally with hundreds of people.
Before he gets his own legs, Cole needed to practice with 'tomato cage' legs. His mom posts a video on Facebook - 'Baby's first steps! Again!!'
Cole gets an early present 11 days before Christmas. His new 'bionic' legs have arrived.
Leg amputations are either BKA (below knee) or AKA (above knee). The more leg that can be saved, the better chance a patient has to learn to walk with a prosthesis.
'I'm anxious,' Cole said weeks prior to getting his legs. 'It's like walking on stilts.'
It was never easy, although he tried to make it look that way. It was always varying levels of hard.
'On July 25, my life was changed forever. I was thrown off a tank car and subsequently run over by the train. I knew life was throwing me a curveball and somehow I had to hit it'  Cole Maydanuk
Cole's legs were amputated just hours after the accident. He didn't get his new legs until months later. -
Before he could be cast for prostheses, Cole had to reduce the amount of fluid in his stumps. He wore compression stockings for an hour a day, every day, in the privacy of his bedroom. -
'My goal is for him to walk independently. For the patient, that's Christmas Day' - physiotherapist Ron Recueno, as he puts Cole through one of his many workouts. -
In order for Cole to walk again, upper-body strength is vital. -
Cole was determined to walk. He is determined to skate. He is prepared to sweat. -
Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre was Cole's home for seven weeks after the accident. -
Hockey meant everything to Cole before the accident. Returning to the bench to help coach his younger brother's team was a key part of his journey. -
Losing his legs wasn't going to keep Cole off the ice. Attending a sledge hockey open house was another big part of the recovery process. He later says being in the locker room that day was the first time he felt like himself again. -
Sledge hockey is tricky, Cole discovered. Yes, you need hockey skills and smarts, which he has in spades, but maintaining his balance was challenging. -
'I told him, "I know you're going to skate again. It won't be easy but I know you're going to do it' - Kim Maydanuk, Cole's mother -
His parents knew getting Cole back on the ice was important. But it caused a few anxious moments. -
Cole was only 18 at the time of the accident. But he exhibited, time and time again, the tenacity and demeanor of a man beyond his years. -
November 8 was another milestone day. Prosthetist Eric Kuhl fits Cole for his new legs. -
Cole is treated like a rock star at a fundraising packed with friends, teammates, classmates and family. -
His parents took the stage later in the evening to express their gratitude. There were plenty of tears. Then it was Cole's turn to speak. It ends with a standing ovation. -
By the end of the social, Cole had spoken personally with hundreds of people. -
Before he gets his own legs, Cole needed to practice with 'tomato cage' legs. His mom posts a video on Facebook - 'Baby's first steps! Again!!' -
Cole gets an early present 11 days before Christmas. His new 'bionic' legs have arrived. -
Leg amputations are either BKA (below knee) or AKA (above knee). The more leg that can be saved, the better chance a patient has to learn to walk with a prosthesis. -
'I'm anxious,' Cole said weeks prior to getting his legs. 'It's like walking on stilts.' -
It was never easy, although he tried to make it look that way. It was always varying levels of hard. -
'On July 25, my life was changed forever. I was thrown off a tank car and subsequently run over by the train. I knew life was throwing me a curveball and somehow I had to hit it' Cole Maydanuk -

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